ok so i have 2 corgi puppies, lowlow & torque, & they will b 5 months old next week. well i have had them since the 1st & 2nd weeks of may (i got them a week apart). lowlow had little to no potty training & torque had no potty training when i got them. i have spent a lot of one on one time with each of them (meaning that i spent hours training with torque while lowlow was in her kennel & vis versa) so they have had a lot of bonding time with me & they now listen to me even when they r together. when i first got them i started them going out every hour & heavy praise when they went potty outside. i use the cue word "go potty" to cue them to use the bathroom & "outside?" when they show the signs they have to go out. i slowly spanned out the length of time between potty breaks & they go out every 2 1/2 to 3 hours & ne time they tell me they have to go out. we also have a routine that 5:30 am they go outside, every time b4 they go in their kennel, every time they get out of their kennel, 5 minutes after they eat, 10 minutes after they play, & always at midnight. torque is good about letting me know when she needs to go to the potty, they r subtle signs but she does do them.
lowlow, well lowlow is a different story. for the first month of owning her, she would whine & tell me that she had to go out, all was well. she was pretty much potty trained. the last week of may we went camping & when we came back home it's like the whole house is her potty! she completely stopped telling me she had to go out, she just pops a squat where she pleases & pees! even when we were camping i held the same routine i have always had, nothing changed about the potty routine! it has been close to a month since we went camping & despite my efforts to stop this she keeps doing it. i still give her heavy praise for going potty outside. i did some reading up on potty training & it said that u shouldn't punish the dog for going potty in the house unless u catch them doing it. & if u catch them u pick them up, say no sternly & take them outside to go potty. it said not to rub their nose in it or spank them as they won't understand (that was the method i used when i first started potty training & she had it down). so i started trying the method i read about & it isn't helping, it's like she feels it is acceptable now. i have always trained my dogs with the nose rubbing method & it has worked. i'm at a loss here, i have finally had enough of this nonsense after cleaning up 3 puddles of pee in the last 4 hours! should i go back to my old methods or what other method are there? i need options cause i feel like she should be potty trained by now but she is extremely strong willed (i understand that's a corgi for ya) unlike torque. why did it all of the sudden go out the door? why did she stop telling me she has to go out? how do i get her to start telling me she has to go out, i am staying consistent with all my words & actions, so y isn't she?